Black Meetings and Tourism

July / August 2021

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B M & T ••• July/August 2021 ••• 10 N E W S M A K E R S 2021 HALL OF FAME AND DESTINATION ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP AWARDS The Destination Organization Leadership Award) recipient and 2021 Hall of Fame honorees were recently announced by Destinations International. These leaders have made tremendous contributions to our industry and their respective destinations. The Destination Organization Leadership Award was creat- ed in 2017 and is amongst the association's most prestigious honors, recognizing those outstanding individuals who, through their exceptional work and achievements, have made a significant contribution to the destination marketing and management industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve. The Hall of Fame, started in 2014 during Destinations International's 100th Anniversary, was created to recognize individuals who have changed the future of destination mar- keting and management for the better, made significant con- tributions to the advancement of the industry and shaped travel marketing and management. 2021 Destinations International Destination Orga- nization Leadership Award Recipient Elliott L. Ferguson, President and CEO of Des- tination DC 2021 Destina- tions International Hall of Fame Inductees: Larry Alexander, Former President & CEO of Detroit Metro Convention & Visit- ors Bureau Deb Archer, CD-ME, Former President & CEO of Destination Madison Wayne Chappell, For- mer Executive Director of Baltimore Convention & Visitors Bureau, former President of Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau and former COO and VP, Tradeshow Relations of Greater Houston Con-ven- tion & Visitors Bureau Marion Frances Szu- rek, Former Executive Dir- ector of the San Angelo Convent-ion & Visitors Bureau (Deceased) For more information about the Hall of Fame or the Destination Organization Leadership Award, visit www.desti- ROSEN HOTELS & RESORTS IN ORLANDO PROMOTES DOREA MAYS TO DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES Dorea Mays joined the 47-year-old Orlando hospi- tality company 20 years ago as Human Resources Manager, working under long-time Human Resources Director Jonni Kimberly. Dorea was later promoted to Associate Director of Human Re-sources. With Jonni's recent retirement after 41 years with Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Dorea assumes the director's position. "Dorea has been a dynamic asset to our human resources team throughout the years, proving her value in numerous ways," said Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. "She has elevated our associate programs with impactful organizational development strategies that include a heightened focus on workplace wellness, engagement and inclusion. She is a tremendous, well-regarded leader who we value as part of the Rosen Hotels' family." Mays also oversees and supports the company's leadership team at the Rosen Parramore Preschool and Rosen Tangelo Park Preschool. Both schools are important compo- nents of The Harris Rosan Foundation's charitable initiatives to support and transform underserved communities in Orlando. Mays earned her bachelor's degree in organizational com- munication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In 2016, she earned her master's degree in human resources from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. She is a credentialed Human Resources professional and coach. These accredita- tions include SHRM's Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), HRCI's Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), iPEC's Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP). Mays has devoted countless hours to the Central Florida community while serving on the executive boards of the Hospitality Human Resources Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Florida Disability Chamber of

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